Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), In the Light of Air (2013/2014); International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2014
Suppose that, for the rest of your listening life, you had two options. One: You could only listen to things you’d never heard before. Two: You could never listen to anything new. Which would you choose?
mysterious, adj. Exciting wonder, curiosity, or surprise while baffling efforts to comprehend or identify. E.g., Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Sequences.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Sequences (bass flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, contrabassoon), 2016; International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2016
in the big rain
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)
This is a sound-world I’d be happy to inhabit all day.
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir (1977-), Ró (2013); Esbjerg Ensemble, live
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Transitions (2014); Michael Nicolas, live, Chicago, 2015
Let Emily sing for you because she cannot pray . . .
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), letter to cousins Louis and Frances Norcross (on the death of their father), 1863
sounds of Iceland
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), In the Light of Air, first movt. (“Luminance”); International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2014